Books change children's lives... for good!
Download and print the following resources—including the 'It Takes a Community' Flyer, 100 Stories Log, and the Certificate of Completion—to begin your story journey today!
The more stories children have read to them, before we expect them to read to us, the stronger their foundation for learning to read will be. Not all children enter school with the same foundation for learning to read. Children who have been read to early and often and have grown up in a literacy rich environment have been "learning to learn to read" for up to five years.
For children lacking a strong literacy foundation, learning to read is a much greater challenge. The 100 Stories Before 1st Grade Project is designed to help "level the learning field" for children who are about to enter PreK or Kindergarten or have already entered school without a strong foundation for learning to read.
Similar to a bottle drive, children do a "story drive" to collect 100 Stories Before 1st Grade. Children use their story log to record the books read, or stories told to them by parents, grandparents, siblings, family member, neighbors, teachers, child care providers, librarians, and friends of all ages.
This project can be initiated by child care facilities, preschools, nursery schools, pre-K and kindergarten classes, libraries, and families. The promotion poster, logs, stickers, and certificates can be downloaded free and printed from the BFPP website.
(Note: Children in first, second, and third grades who are struggling with reading can also benefit from participating in a story drive.)
This is a literally no-cost to initiate "community supported literacy" to support families in strengthening every child's foundation for learning to read.
– Pam Leo
Founder, Book Fairy Pantry Project
"It Takes A Community" flyer explains the purpose of the project. Print on basic copy paper in black and white.
100 Stories Project Story Log. This file is two pages, front and back. Easily printed in black and white and stapled.
100 Stories Certificate of Completion. This file is one page in black and white. Deliver upon completion of the story journey!
The Bookworm Players from Yarmouth Maine Middle School, with teacher and children's author, Charlotte Agell, present an original skit written, performed, and filmed by students. This performance was created to generate enthusiasm and participation in the elementary school's "children helping children to end illiteracy" book drive to collect books for the Book Fairy Pantry Project to donate to the local food pantry, so there will be 'no child with no books' in Yarmouth.
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